Short Stories

3-2-1 Quote me Challenge – Expression.

I have been tagged in this challenge by Paula of Light Motifs II, see her post by clicking the link below.

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/3-2-1-quote-me-expression/#comment-20776

The challenge was created by Rory, A guy called bloke, see his post here:

321 Quote Me – Expression

Thank you, Paula, for thinking of me. I apologise for not posting this as promptly as I would have liked.

The Rules:

  • Thank the Selector
  • Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.
  • Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Rory says “Please Note l will be reblogging your responses unless you wish for me to NOT do so.”

Dedicated Topic For Today: ”Expression”

 

The word of the day is Velvet, so I wanted to find an interesting expression including the word Velvet. I found two.

Firstly is an old expression that was used as a humorous name for a Mole.

 – the little gentleman in the velvet coat

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Secondly is an expression for a situation that is undesirable or unfulfilling but provides enough financial security to make someone unwilling to leave.

 – velvet handcuffs

Finally, a quote from me:

“The greatest expression of all is to have the freedom of it.”

You can quote me on that.

 

So, Who shall I nominate to take part in this challenge?

Well, here are three, if they wish to take part.

Life Is A Roller Coaster..

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/recap-50-word-thursday-20/

Wanna build a snowman?

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/velvet/

 

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Finish the Story #11 – The Recruit.

I have been tagged by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith in one of her brilliant Finish the Story Challenges! I do really enjoy these, you never know where the story will end up taking you.

Click on the link below to see her original post:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/finish-the-story-2019-11/

The Rules:

  1. post the story as you receive it
  2. add to the story (or finish it, up to the writer)
  3. tag another person to continue the story (unless you finished it)
  4. Have fun!

Part One – by The Haunted Wordsmith

Adam was like any other eighteen-year-old boy and soon found himself standing in the middle of the training bay being subjected to the drill instructor’s ridicule. It wasn’t his fault the quarter didn’t flip on the old mattress, but he accepted his punishment anyway. He didn’t have another choice.

Ever since the revolution began, more and more troops were needed. There were even whispered rumors of lowering the age to thirteen if you were from a poor family. The government paid dearly for your life. That money could help support the family.

After completing fifty push-ups and parading around the bay in his underwear, Adam and the other recruits headed outside for training. The morning was dedicated to basic weapons and enemy language skills. Many of the recruits were already fluent, but the training was the same. Adam excelled and only realized his mistake when he was called into the Commander’s office that afternoon.

“Take a seat,” Commander Flint said, pointing toward a chair in the corner of the room.

Adam did as he was told and caught his breath as two governmental agents entered Flint’s office. One look from them and Adam knew he was in danger.

“That him?”

“That is Private Adam Ripple, yes.”

“Come with us,” an agent ordered, flashing his sidearm and a warning glance.

Adam stood. “What is this all about?”

The agents stared at him. The one nearest him replied, “…….

Part Two – My Contribution

“You’re a bit of an anomaly, you know?”

Adam couldn’t help feeling a bit cynical. He knew he wasn’t anything special. He was just a kid from the wrong side of the tracks, sent into the army to get him off the streets and to help fight this war that many now felt was unwinnable.

“Me? Apart from an ability to get myself into trouble, I can’t see what makes me any different from any other shmo around here. I’m pretty ordinary.” Adam laughed nervously.

One of the agents bent down and pushed the dark glasses down his nose, fixing Adam with an Icy blue stare. “There’s many a true word spoken in jest, lad. Two things mark you out. Your ability with languages which is by far the best we’ve seen in some time, and the fact that you could blend in anywhere. You’ve finished at this prestigious military academy” he paused to glance out of the window at the makeshift camp, to emphasise the sarcasm in his words. “You graduate as of today. Tomorrow you’re going underground.”

The agents grabbed an arm each and practically dragged him out of the commander’s office and into the back of a black van.

Before he knew it he was……

End of part two.

 

Now, who shall I consider for the next part? Who enjoys this sort of challenge?

I think I will nominate Li of Tao Talk.

Anomaly

 

Have fun 🙂

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/rdp-friday-graduate/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/your-daily-word-prompt-cynical-may-17-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Anomaly

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/jest/

 

 

 

Harmful Ignorance – A poem

Fantasy

He gazed upon a sight so great,

this Citadel made to fascinate,

if he lingers longer he’ll be late,

and that would never do.

 

He wore the robes so thick, so warm,

they were his apprentice’s uniform,

And kept out the cold and winter storm,

that he had struggled through.

 

His quest was nearly at an end,

to reach the city and find his friend,

to finish his training and then defend

his home from what he knew.

 

In his ignorance he’d released

A dark creature, an evil beast,

upon the living, it will feast.

It was all his fault, it’s true.

 

He must become a mighty Mage,

a Sorcerer skilled with wisdom sage,

and face this creatures dreadful rage.

to defeat and then undo,

the harm that only ignorance can do.

 

This was written for the What do you See? challenge:

What do you See? Feb/26/2019

 

I have included the following word prompts:

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/rdp-tuesday-fault/

FOWC with Fandango — Uniform

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/your-daily-word-prompt-fascinate-february-26-2019/

 

 

 

 

 

Manic Mondays 3-Way Challenge – So Hungry are the Damned – A Dark Poem

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This poem was written in response to Laura M Bailey’s challenge. See Link:

https://alltheshoesiwear.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/manic-mondays-3-way-prompt-damned/

You may also wish to read my previous 3-way challenge story because this one follows it:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/manic-mondays-3-way-challenge-personal-scars-a-story-in-less-than-100-words/

 

So Hungry Are the Damned

 

He lured her to his lair

in that dark, secluded glade,

without fear, without a care

she danced to the tune he played.

 

He admired her tender form

so lovely, so full of grace.

Her body, soft and warm, 

then he slowly turned her face.

 

he bit into her neck,

to harvest her blood, so hot.

The red stains now bedeck

where diamonds soon forgot. 

 

Now she’ll join him as his queen,

in his realm, that darkest land, 

Envy not, those fiends, unclean,

so hungry are the damned

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 01/October/2018

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/glade/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/your-daily-word-prompt-harvest-october-1-2018/

 

 

 

 

Everything Stops for Tea – Murder Mystery Grand Finale

I started writing a murder mystery some time ago, This is the final chapter.

If you’d like to read this story from the beginning, click on this link:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/the-start-of-it-a-short-story-with-familiar-characters/

Everything Stops for Tea

She had only taken one sip of the tea when the doorbell rang yet again. It was an impudent ring and it didn’t surprise her at all when Alice opened the door and her great-nephew bounded in.

“Afternoon Auntie, I got your note” Charles beamed at her then looked around at the gathered assembly. “What’s this all about Aunt Audrey? Did you want to make up a four for Bridge? That’s not really my game, more of a Cribbage man myself.”

“Just be quiet Charles and sit over there” Audrey pointed at a vacant chair next to Lord Halifax.

Audrey stood up and cleared her throat.

I have asked you all here to discuss the unfortunate deaths of Elsie Taplow and Claudia Halifax.

Audrey couldn’t complain she hadn’t received due attention. Several pairs of eyes were locked on her.

“Why didn’t you tell me you were going to do this?” Sir Alfred was clearly taken off guard “We were supposed to be working together.”

Standing at her full height, Audrey’s blue eyes flashed, she had never looked more alive.

“I couldn’t trust you fully. You could have very well been the killer. You came to call on me very early on that morning when poor Elsie’s body was found. You could have just come from killing her. I’ve seen it before, an old policeman, feeling obsolete and no longer useful. They go off the rails a bit. They want to make themselves important again, make themselves relevant. So why not create a murder to make them more relevant?”

Sir Alfred looked quite pale as he sat there looking up at Audrey.

Continue reading Everything Stops for Tea – Murder Mystery Grand Finale

Sunday Afternoon Reading – My Fantasy Story Part 23.

I was posting instalments of the Fantasy story I wrote 17 years ago every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. The most observant amongst you may have realised that I haven’t posted an instalment in some time. In fact, the last one was posted last Friday, the 17th of August.

Well here is the next part. I hope you are enjoying it.

If you want to read it from its genesis, here is the link:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/a-fantasy-tale-part-one/

 

Part Twenty-Three

Piotr Drake had not been enjoying himself. No, not at all. He was not in the best of moods. He had been travelling on the road for several days, since leaving the City of Savarias, on horse back and dressed up like a Mage. This had presented a couple of problems for Piotr. Firstly, that despite being a coachman he was not at all a good horse rider. He was fine with horses when he was sitting up high and they were harnessed to the coach and he had the reins and his whip. He found sitting on them quite unbearable. Truth be known he was not at all fond of horses. Riding them, he felt that the horse was more in control of the situation than he was. It took all his strength and stamina to keep the horse from straying from the road to have a munch of some tempting thicket. The way Piotr gripped his reins you would have thought he was riding a fierce stallion. Actually the horse was a particularly docile example and had been christened by its original owner, ‘Plodder’.

Continue reading Sunday Afternoon Reading – My Fantasy Story Part 23.

The Wind Sheds No Tears – Part Five

This is a part of a longer story that I have been writing over the last few weeks. 

See here for the last part of the story, which also contains links to all the others, if you want to read more:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/the-wind-sheds-no-tears-part-four/

Part Five

The next day Pablo woke early. The sun was just coming up over the horizon, its light slowly ebbing into the dark night sky, hiding all its stars and turning it blue and getting brighter and brighter towards the east.

He put a small pack together, a change of clothes and a few simple belongings, he didn’t own much. He also put on the silver St Christopher charm necklace that his mother had given him. He didn’t usually wear it as the memories of his mother filled him with that longing for her touch that would never come. It was a charm to protect travellers and he was going with his Uncle Carlos to the City of Valencia. Likely, he would need its protection now.

Continue reading The Wind Sheds No Tears – Part Five

Shining Health – A Haiku

Shining Health – A Haiku

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Photo by Arthur Ogleznev on Pexels.com

 

 

The Sun’s healing shine

Clears hearts and minds; for Gratis

Free healthcare for all.

 

beautiful bloom blossom bright
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

 

 

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/06/15/shine/

FOWC with Fandango — Gratis

SHINE

The Word of the Day is SHINE,

I hope this word inspires you to write a story or a poem.

I also hope that the sun is shining where you are today.

Happy Saturday. 🙂

Word of the Day Challenge

The Word of the Day is SHINE

Write a Poem, story or anecdote, inspired by this word.

Please create a pingback to your post by including a link to this page in whatever you are posting.

If you want to participate create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here.

https://en.support.wordpress.com/comments/pingbacks/

Most Importantly, Have Fun.

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50 Word Thursday – Vengeance Delivered – A Fishy Tale.

This short story was written for this weeks 50 word Thursday Challenge, this week hosted by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, please check out her post here:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/50-word-thursday-24/

If you want to take part in this challenge, check out her post to see the rules.

 

The Picture:

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

The Words:

The Kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance.

GOOD OMENS, TERRY PRATCHETT & NEIL GAIMAN

 

Vengeance Delivered – A Fishy Tale.

The Fish swam through the water unaware that danger reared its ugly head. The danger was never far away in the briny deep, but these fish were young and foolish.

They saw a bright light emerging from the sandy bottom but they ignored it. They knew it was a phoney, a lure from the lantern fish that had buried itself beneath the sand.

A Congar Eel gave a sashay through the water, like a dancing girl without her tambourine. The fish swam past without a care.

The young fish had been warned not to go into the deep chasm nor to swim in the barnacle-covered shipwreck. This presented a quandary. Which of these forbidden things should they do? They both looked like exciting prospects. After a brief delay where they played scissor, paper, stone to decide, they headed into the dark chasm.

There in the darkest of corners in the deepest chasm dwelt a sea monster of notorious fame. The Kraken had slumbered for many years but now it stirred and a generation of young foolish fish became its lunch.

The Kraken stirs, and ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance.

That vengeance came in the form of indigestion.

[200 Words]

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/phony/

FOWC with Fandango — Sashay

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/rdp-friday-delay/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/your-daily-word-prompt-quandary-june-14-2019/

 

50 Word Thursday #24

The latest 50 Word Thursday Challenge is now out, this week hosted by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith.
Why not have a go at this challenge?

The Haunted Wordsmith

When Deb Whittam retired from hosting 50-Word Thursdays, Kristian asked to pick it up and offered me a spot as co-host. Obviously, I jumped at the opportunity as I love this weekly prompt. Last week he was host, so this week, I am hosting. My prompt will go out at Midnight GMT on Thursday, and a recap will be posted by 10:00 PM GMT next Wednesday.

Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.
  • Link back to this post with the tag50WordThursso that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

HAVE FUN!


This week’s prompt:

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

The Kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance.

Good Omens, Terry Pratchett…

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Safe

The Word of the Day is Safe.

Well, I hope this word inspires you to write a post, a poem or a story.

And Keep Safe out there. 😉

Word of the Day Challenge

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Today’s Word of the Day is Safe.

If you want to participate, create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here. Please note that for the prompts that I publish, the comment box will now remain open for people who experience trouble with pingbacks. However, I won’t guarantee a quick response to actual comments, that would be left here. If you have questions, or ideas you’d like to submit, please use our “contact” page.

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50 Word Thursday #23 – The Results

Well, another week has just flown by! The 50 Word Thursday challenge has come to an end. Click on the link to see the post:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/06/05/50-word-thursday-23/comment-page-1/#comment-12323

The rules were to write a story or poem based on the picture and containing certain words. It had to be in multiples of 50 words up to a maximum of 250 words.

Here is the picture:

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And the Words:  “she added, hopefully, “how many things with angels on them are there here?” – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

So, now it’s time to reflect on the results. I have to say that again we have a truly eclectic mix of stories. Here are all the entries:

THE CRYPT

http://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2019/06/06/50-words-thursday-23/

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/manners/

50 Word Thursday — Gifts of the Gods

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/06/10/50-word-thursday-23/

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/50-word-thursday-soul-harvest/

 

I apologise if I have missed anyone off, I did have an issue with not getting some pingbacks come through. If I missed it, post a link to your entry in the comments below.

I thoroughly recommend reading the short stories above, and maybe I can tempt you to have a go at this challenge in future?

Look out for the next 50 Word Thursday Challenge, this week hosted by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith.

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/tempt/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/your-daily-word-prompt-eclectic-june-12-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Reflect

 

 

TEMPT

The Word of the Day is Tempt,

Well, I can resist anything except temptation 😉

I hope this word inspires you to write a post. Please share it by including a link to the original word of the day post.

🙂

Word of the Day Challenge

The Word of the Day is TEMPT

Write a Poem, story or anecdote, inspired by this word.

Please create a pingback to your post by including a link to this page in whatever you are posting.

If you want to participate create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here.

https://en.support.wordpress.com/comments/pingbacks/

Most Importantly, Have Fun.

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50 Word Thursday – Soul Harvest

This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday challenge that I posted last week, see the link below:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/06/05/50-word-thursday-23/comment-page-1/#comment-12323

The challenge is to write a story limited to 50 word increments up to a maximum of 250 words, inspired by a picture and including some words.

Here is the picture

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And the Words:  “she added, hopefully, “how many things with angels on them are there here?” – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

 Soul Harvest

Hecate smiled at her black cloaked companion and said “This place looks promising” she added, hopefully, “how many things with angels on them are there here?”

A dark voice replied “Quite a few. The fools believed that they kept the souls of their dear departed safe. Much as I dislike humanity, you’ve got to laugh at its quirks.” The sound that came from deep within the shadowed hood was not like any laughter you’d expect. For all that it echoed around the cemetery, it was devoid of any warmth.

Hecate pulled her own velvet cloak around her. The other figure saw her gesture and responded “I trust that you are not having second thoughts, it’s too late to back out now. You know what’s at stake if you do”.

“No, I want to live again, you promised you could bring me back to life.”

“Indeed, I did and I will. I just need to find a suitable soul to harvest. I do so enjoy harvesting lost souls.”

He drifted further down the row of ornately decorated gravestones.

“Ah, this one will do, nicely,” he said.

Hecate felt a sudden burning inside her as the Soul Harvester carried out his work.

[200 Words]

 

It’s not too late if you want to take part in this challenge. I will be gathering together all the responses and posting them tomorrow (Wednesday) and a new 50 word thursday challenge will begin again on Thursday, this week hosted by Teresa, the Haunted Wordsmith.

 

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/dislike/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/your-daily-word-prompt-trust-june-11-2019/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/rdp-tuesday-sub-lost/

Twittering Tales – A Murder of Crows.

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Photo by nahidhatamiz at Pixabay.com

“How’s the new Scarecrow working out, Jack?”

“Terrible. Trust me to build something that scares all the children to death, but the crows don’t seem to dislike at all!”

“Never mind. I’ll give you a hand burying the bodies if you like.”

“Thanks, Keith, I’d be lost without you.”

[273 Characters]

This story was written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales challenge, click on the link to her post if you want to take part.

Twittering Tales #140 – 11 June 2019

 

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/your-daily-word-prompt-trust-june-11-2019/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/rdp-tuesday-sub-lost/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/dislike/